About Tom Kelley, and this blog…

This is a site to help keep everyone updated as to the status of Tom Kelley’s health.  Tom was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia this week on June 23, 2010.  It is a rare (1 in 3 million) blood disorder where the bone marrow stops making enough blood cells for the body.  We appreciate the calls and well wishes but when there are updates we can’t always return the calls and this can be a place to go to get the news.

15 Responses to About Tom Kelley, and this blog…

  1. Terry Quinn says:

    Tom – Thoughts and prayers are with…stay positive be strong..you’re a Marine!

  2. Andrew Judelson says:


    Quinny just shared the news. My thoughts are with you right now. Know that beyond a wonderful, loving, supportive partner and a beautiful (and very lucky daughter) you have an “army” of family and friends behind you to offer assistance, support, resource and love. Your a strong person both physically and spiritually. Be confident, and positive. Be strong, with love,

    Jud (917-204-2579)

  3. Peter Crippen says:


    As you and your family take this fight on one day at a time remember the love and strength that all your friends and I send you every day. the power of all that energy coming to you everyday will be the most powerful medicine known to man.

    I offer anything you may need, blood, bone marrow, anything, just tell me where to go.

    Much love,

    Peter (917-698-7320)

  4. PeterG says:

    Am now seeing your email that led me to this so I’m late in the dance but will be sending you love and prayers.

    Will be in New York at the end of August or early Sept. so I’ll make plans to come see you. Don’t know if your mobile has changed but will dial the number I have and reach out to you on FB if it’s changed.

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us. But then I should expect this type of courage from a spiritual marine.

    Heal & grow my friend.


  5. Rita B says:

    I asked our friend Tariku, who has undergone an intense year of Chemo for an inoperable brain tumor to give you some advise for withstanding the hardships of real illness. “there are no words for that, he replied, if I said it was good, that is not true, If I tell him the truth, he will be scared, so I’ll just tell him to do hard work with his brain. When I do hard homework, I feel ok, if the nurse gives me a nintendo or tells me to watch a movie I feel bad, it’s about thinking and hard work. And tell him not to eat any food that looks like it comes from Ethiopia, that also makes you sick.”

    Note: Tariku is an orphan from ethiopia, he was adopted in September of 2007 at age 7 or 8 by our friends, whom you and Lisa met on your first visit to Memorial Park. He was diagnosed in May of 2008 and is in remission right now.

    I’m sure you will have tons of advice, but that sounded like some good stuff to me.
    Rita, John, boys and Tariku

  6. darienlarry says:

    God bless with your recovery. I know you will sail through this the way Wes Welker recovered from his torn MCL and ACL – successfully and quickly. You’ll be yelling at the football announcers by October.
    Your brother Larry

    • Thanks Larry, This next 6-8 weeks is going to be small ball. Sacrifices, moving runners along. Taking what the defense gives me. If Calhoun can get through his maladies as high strung as he is then I should do fine.

      Love you my brother,


  7. Paul Doyle says:

    Hey Tom,

    In case you don’t recognize the name, I am Eric’s friend and one of the 3 inconsiderate people who ate pizza in front of you in your living room after the drum session in the park. This should ring a bell. If not, alternatively I am the guy in the wheelchair that was carried into the house. Now that that is established I know exactly where you are right now as I have been there before. However I must say that you have me beat. In a nation of 300 million people there are 10,000 spinal cord injuries every year. I used to think that I really beat the odds by being one of the people that sustained one. But if you project the statistics of aplastic anemia to the same population you come up with just 900 people in a nation of 300 million. It’s hardly a prize that anyone wants to win but I couldn’t help but notice that. When you get out of the hospital and all is well maybe we can get together and go buy a lottery ticket or hang out on a street corner during a thunderstorm and get struck by lightning simultaneously. In the meantime get some rest and vigorously question every assertion put forth by the often myopic medical establishment. If you want to consult with a another cardiologist I know one very well that I can suggest. And never forget that you are surrounded by people that love you which is the most important thing in the universe. You have a great wife and baby girl who will be there for you no matter what. I’m sure that I’ll see you soon. You bring the kite and I’ll bring the dollar.

    Get Well,


  8. Tom
    Although we’ve not talked in 25 years or so, you’d be surprised how many times I’ve thought of morning runs in the Darien summer along Nearwater Lane getting ready for football. I remember the Earl Campbell imitations. I remember baseball games, coach gang jokes and many other tidbits. It is the Excellent Quality Moments like those that make it all worth living and looking back upon. Here’s to wishing you a great moment right now.
    Pete Jazwinski

    • Great to hear from you . Those times were great. Great Davison sub reference with the Excellent Quality Moments. Remember we would get 2 or 3 EQ Blocks and be prouder of them than anything else?. What I would do right now for one of those runs and then the dip in your pool we would end with.

  9. Anne Shaner says:

    Hi Tom – I’m thinking of you and your whole family and sending you healing vibes from just outside Munich where I’m visiting my boyfriend.

    Your posts are so very touching – reading about your whole family being there and ‘in it’ together. By the way, your daughter has your eyes!

    Be well!

    PS – I wish I was there to give you one of those huge bear hug hugs you used to give me at the Tom Monte weekends at the Ashram. It was always so cute that you would tell me to not stand on my tip toes and you’d come down to my level for the hug! You hug like no one else!

    Lots of love,

  10. Andrew Bella says:


    What’s an ashram? Just kidding…

    Love the updates. Christine, I and the all the kids are thinking of you and your family and wishing you the very best.

    Love the fact that out of the blue, Pete Jazwinski pops up to say hello. Despite all the accolades in track and field, he was a helluva FG kicker….a fact often overlooked in those Xmas reunions at Pastime.

    Also, liked seeing Larry weighing in. Who can forget him sitting against the wall at the Mather baseball field scoring those Babe Ruth games. Do you remember those games? I was coached by Nick Hathaways old man, Carl…remember his steal sign???

    Anyway, hope you are doing well and again, thinking of you and your family!

    Jimmy Dunn…

  11. Patty says:

    I just heard about what you’ve been going through and have been reading your blog this evening.

    I used to encourage everyone to have a blog, but I didn’t mean this way my dear!!

    In all seriousness though, I’m glad to see and read that you seem to be doing better than a few months ago and that you’re opening yourself up to the love that’s coming your way as a result of sharing your story.

    Sending you healing, nurturing energy and strength in abundance!

  12. John Tyler says:

    Am I late? Did you already have the transplant? (My God, John, you are thick.)
    Tom, hope all is well. I just saw a special on PBS about the Windsor Locks CT Little League team of 1965 (Champions at Williamsport) and it reminded me of our Little League days. Kids today, including mine, sparsely participate in baseball and Little League registrations are way down- even in Trumbull. I hope they find other outlets where they can build great memories.
    We had fun. Stories, laughs, lasting all the way through DHS. I have tremendous memories of our friends and our sports teams and you were a main source of good times.
    Get well and see you soon.

  13. Nancy Hess McDonald says:

    Wow! I hope you are on the up and up! I was working on a paper for my daughter this morning based on my life in the seventies. I started googling names from my life in Darien and obviously you were on top of the list. Your journal blog came up and three hours later I was almost to tears. You have a beautiful family and your wife and daughter are both angels. I am so glad that Joanne was a perfect match because I remember your little spats back in middle school. I have thought about you and your family all day and just wanted you to know. I have been married to Wayne McDonald for 20 years and we have 3 high school kids: Wayne Jr – 12th grade (waiting to hear early decision on Rice) and a big tennis player on the HS team. Victoria is in 10th grade and a great dancer since she was little. Valerie is in 9th grade and on the high school Volleyball team and also plays tennis. I am a stay at home mom and Wayne is a developer for a large company based here in Austin. Mom and Dad are doing great and all of my siblings and their families are living in Texas – Cheryl and Preston, Cindy and Bob, Edwin and Steph all in Houston and Susan and Rick are both Cardiologists in Dallas. Mom and Dad split their time between homes in Houston and Lakeway. Please keep that positive attitude and all will be great. You are a very strong person and have been since I can remember. -Nancy Hess McDonald

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: